Winter weather conditions can create a busy day for first responders. Whether it’s a car accident, house fire or any other emergency, first responders in Raleigh County tell us that their calls triple when it snows. Emergency crews told 59 News a single accident in the snow can often pile up into more accidents; and responding to them can be just as dangerous for crews and the people around them.
“You just got to take your time, you have to be meticulous about what you do to make sure that you don’t cause any further problems,” Paramedic and Supervisor for JanCare Ambulance, Scott Thomas, said.
While it might seem like fire trucks and ambulances can plow through anything, it’s easy for them to get stuck in the snow too. Fire Chief for the Sophia City Fire Department, Kenneth Churning, told us that they make sure they have the right equipment on vehicles they know are going out in what they call a “stressed area.”
First responders on the front line said no matter how much they prepare, it’s still a stressful situation when snow and ice are involved.
“First of all it’s going to triple, almost quadruple the strenuous of the work you’re doing out here because you work a lot harder and your body takes a lot more stress in the cold weather,” Churning said.
No matter what the conditions may be, these men and women are always ready to jump into action, even in the worst weather.